Reading this was like watching the movie over again in the car LOL. Line after line was the same. I wonder why they can't follow the book in so many other movies. This was a great book so why change the movie version? In this case they didn't and it was great. I was also surprised W P Blatty was such an awesome narrator. As soon as the book started it felt like no other person would have made it justice. I loved it and was sad when it was over.
Yes, this is a testament to the power of a narrator to bring the listener in the room.
I felt the characters were individual and very real as a result of the narration.
The possession, but alas this is another fabulous book.
I think Stephan King is a genius
It scared me!
The voices of the demon!
The way the sound was quiet and then boomed loud like a monster popping out of your closet!
Classic, Classic, Classic
Father Karras, his insight and attention to detail make him a fantastic narrator, while his weaknesses make him a perfect hero.
Yes, it was hard not to, but sleep is inevitable.
William Peter Blatty's voice was made for this book!
Absolutely the most shocking, terrifying and wonderfully written horror story I have ever read, superbly narrated by the author. He renders all the different characters to perfection. Not all authors make good narrators, but William Blatty is wonderful! Thank you for this anniversary edition. Definitely an absolute must have for any horror fan. And yes it is absolutely for adults only!
This book does not pull any punches and the sense of demoniacal possession is absolutely realistic and chilling throughout. This book actually gave me goosebumps! I look forward to listening to it a second time, once I recover from the first reading. I think the book has a lot more depth than the movie version, though the movie was amazing also. I would put this book right up there with Stephen King's "The Shining", and Tolstoy's "War and Peace", a couple of my more memorable audiobooks, as well as Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House". For sheer demonic violence, however, "The Exorcist" stands alone.
After listening to Farheit 451 narrated by the author, I tried to stay away from books read by the author but no one could have done a better job than Blatty. He was perfect. The story will always remain one of the scariest there is.
Authors I like: Patrick O'Brian, Frederick Forsyth, Jane Austen, John Le Carre, Alan Furst, Jon Krakauer, Ernest Hemingway.
Most of us have seen the film version of "The Exorcist" and so a practical question is, having seen the movie will you get a lot of enjoyment from the audiobook? My answer is that it will be hit or miss. Author William Peter Blatty does the reading here and he does a great job, but there is not really anything in the book that is not in the movie. Yet there is a lot to the movie that is not in the book, such as the horrifying experience of having to look upon the transformed Regan in her bed, with her intimidating demonic stare.
The novel takes it's time building up suspense, and having seen the movie (multiple times in fact), I found this section to be tedious. For example, Father Karras goes through a prolonged process of trying to rationalize Regan's possession in then-current psychiatric terms (which are dated by now). This aspect of the novel really drags on and on in my opinion, and I found myself wanting to slap Father Karras, or at least hold him down while Regan's mother slapped him.
Aside from these comparisons between the book and the film, this is a first rate audiobook and I'd certainly recommend it without reservation to anyone who has not seen the film.
The fact that William Peter Blatty actually narrated it adds so much to the delivery. All nuances were on target and I definitely enjoyed to hear the way it was written.
I have seen this movie- who hasn't? But I saw it when I was a teenager and didn't remember much aside from the grosser parts of the film. The book was a surprise- not really a horror book at all, sure it was really creepy in parts- and there were lots of gross bits, but more of a character study with a lot of good vs.evil. I thought it was really interesting --very well written and William Peter Blatty did such a great job reading. He really brought the characters to life. So glad that I listened!
Scary, psychological, intense
Chris, the mother. I found her so compelling. It really forced me to think about what I would do if I was put in her situation.
I haven't listened to other performances. His voice was exceptional and I'd favor hearing him read again.
There were a couple times I had to stop listening and take a break for a day or so because it was too much. It's pretty rare for me to have such a strong reaction, but this book gave me chills, thrills, and nightmares.
Not for the faint of heart, but a classic horror tale that everyone should experience in their lifetime.